* $55 million for rail: The bill includes nearly $34 million to upgrade the Amtrak Vermonter service along the eastern corridor, and also supports and encourages the Agency of Transportation to continue to pursue a federal grant to upgrade the western rail corridor.
* This bill includes only a few minor changes to my original proposal to the Legislature. This demonstrates the shared commitment of two branches of government to a strong transportation system. It also reflects the success of the Legislature and the Agency of Transportation shared commitment to developing and implementing a rational system of project prioritization and asset management. This has resulted in fewer projects to debate and disagree upon.
* Several of the more significant projects funded include:
a. $15.5 million to complete construction of the new Addison - Crown Point Bridge.
b. $8.1 million for the Brattleboro I-91 bridges.
c. $7.1 million for I-91 paving in Hartland and Norwich.
d. $6 million for I-91 paving in Irasburg and Derby.
e. $7 million for Barre's North Main St.
f. $6.1 million for paving projects thorough Troy, Newport, and Coventry.
g. $5.7 million for the Morristown Truck Route.
h. $8.4 million for Route 2 in Danville and Cabot.
i. $7 million to rehabilitate the Richmond Route 2 bridge.
j. $7 million for northern leg of the Bennington Bypass, and
k. $34 million in federal grants to upgrade the state's eastern rail corridor, with a total investment of $46.8 million when combined with $13 million of private investment.
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